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Pogba out until Dec with ankle injury

Pogba out until Dec with ankle injury

London: Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is unlikely to play again until December due to an ankle injury, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said.

France international Pogba last featured for United in their 1-1 Premier League draw with Arsenal on September 30.

"I don't think we'll see Paul before December. He'll be out for a while," Solskjaer told reporters after his team's 3-1 win at Norwich City on Sunday.

"He needs time to fully recover. I don't think he'll be back, maybe for Sheffield United after the international break, but probably it will be December before we can see him.

"I'm not a doctor but there is an injury there that needs healing. It's his ankle."

Solskjaer's assessment rules Pogba out of Manchester United's next four matches in all competitions at a minimum, with the club not scheduled to play Sheffield United until November 24.

United have several other injured players, including Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot and Nemanja Matic, although forward Anthony Martial made a scoring return against Norwich on his first Premier League start since August.

The win lifted United, who are next in League Cup action against Chelsea on Wednesday, up to seventh in the table.

Results hurt

Solskjaer's relief at Manchester United securing their first Premier League away win in eight months over struggling Norwich has been tempered by the "hurt" he has felt over their results this season, he told the BBC.

The 46-year-old Norwegian has enjoyed a rare week of good results beginning with a draw against Premier League leaders Liverpool — the first side to take points from the Champions League holders in the league this season.

Solskjaer made a bright start as caretaker manager when he replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho last December but since being given the job permanently has seen the results and performances fall away.

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